If your 3000 lb automobile was directly involved in an accident with an 80,000 lb 18 wheeler or big rig truck, the results would be catastrophic. Injuries sustained in these commercial trucking accidents typically result in serious life-threatening and even fatal injuries. Even though strict laws are in place to govern these oversized trucks on Colorado’s roadways, accidents do happen —-and when they do, the results are devastating.
Colorado roadways are often full of commercial vehicles such as semi-trucks, big rigs, and 18 wheelers on the way to their cross country destination. When you factor in the often volatile winter weather conditions, you have a recipe for disaster. Victims involved in truck accidents with a big rig or tractor-trailer can experience back injuries, head and neck injuries and soft tissue injuries that can lead to a lifetime of chronic pain and disabilities. In severe accidents, victims involved in these trucking accidents can even lose their lives.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations governs all commercial vehicles that share America’s roadways in an attempt to minimize trucking accidents. Unfortunately, these regulations are not always upheld, thereby increasing the risk we face on a daily basis. While there are many causes of commercial vehicle and large truck accidents, the majority are caused by:
- Driver error
- Improper or inadequate training
- Violation of Hours of Service Requirements
- Alcohol abuse
- Drug abuse
- Driver fatigue
- Equipment failure
- Improperly inspected vehicles
If you or a loved one was injured in a commercial vehicle accident with a semi truck, big rig or 18 wheeler, it is important to seek legal counsel immediately to determine if you have cause to file a personal injury claim. Your truck accident attorney will need to investigate your accident and may even need to speak with trucking experts to determine the parties responsible for your injuries. If your attorney determines that the truck driver or the trucking company violated any of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Contact our Colorado Trucking Accident Attorneys
Our attorneys at The Gold Law Firm bring years of experience handling commercial truck accidents claims in Colorado and always work to negotiate a full and fair settlement for all our clients. Contact the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653.